Top of pageBottom of page   By Richard Felstead ( on Tuesday, February 24, 2004 - 04:03 am:

Hello Forum,

Being new to this web-site I'd love to get to know your musical tastes.
I have been eagerly reading through some of your threads and topics, and have found a great deal to learn.

So, I'm curious, about your musical tastes.
I suspect we will have a great deal in common, as my tastes vary from Old Skool soul, funk and jazz through to Steely Dan,and Pat Metheny.

Did you know there is a thriving Black music scene here in the UK ?.

In a recent poll, the "What's Going On" album by Marvin was voted as perhaps the most prolific album of all time.

Hit me back, so I can get to know some of you, on this great forum.


Top of pageBottom of page   By Rodmann ( on Tuesday, February 24, 2004 - 05:07 am:

Hi Rich. Welcome to the forum. I'm Rodmann (Rod). Like yourself I enjoy a wide variety of music. I can find several songs in any genre that I like. Soul music is my favorite though and that's why I post here. I usually like my Soul on the gritty side although I can get into some Pop-Soul tunes as well. Take a look at the Top 5 topic going right now and you'll get an idea of what kind of singers I like. I tend to go for belters instead of crooners.

You'll have fun here Rich. This is the best forum on the net for fans of classic R&B! Not only are these people Soul music enthusiasts like myself but several of them were actually there and sometimes the actual artists come here and post. It's great man! :)

Top of pageBottom of page   By oli67 ( on Tuesday, February 24, 2004 - 05:22 am:

my name is Oliver and i'm from A'dam not far away from the uk,,soul funk jazz is my choice as well i would like to add R&B Gospel and the Blues to it
but in the end there's only good or bad music.
I admire the uk music scence very interesting stuff flows out of the studio's..especially the Reggae scence back in the days was kickin.
Enjoy yourself here its a great source...
Peace Oliver

Top of pageBottom of page   By Robb_K ( on Tuesday, February 24, 2004 - 05:42 am:

Hi Rich. my name's Robb, and I'm from Canada, The Netherlands and U.S.A. I've been around since the 1940s, and like Rhythm & Blues, Blues, Jazz(especially Avant Garde and Afro-Latin) and Soul(especially Detroit/Motown and Chicago) music (mainly from the 1930s through mid 1960s (but also like a lot of other music)) (including some "classical", the roots of Jazz from the late 1800s to 1920s, ancient Chinese music, Bulgarian Bagpipes and other stray genres.

Whereas the average person (in society-NOT this great forum) can pick a top 10 of their favourite songs, I can't even narrow down to a top 500, without doing others injustice. I couldn't pick a top 100 favourite artists or groups, without leaving out many that I like just as much. I'm sure you'll enjoy your time here!

Top of pageBottom of page   By Richard Felstead ( on Tuesday, February 24, 2004 - 08:14 am:

Thanks for your welcome and kind words.

It's funny that I just stumbled on to this site.
The information and knolledge you guys and girls have collectively is amazing.

I have loved music in most of it's forms since I was old enough for it to sink in.

Over the years I have grown to appreciate Soul, Funk and Jazz, and can honestly relate to the artists and groups that record this fine music.

The only two types of music I really dislike are heavy rock and country.( I just can't relate to them )
So it's great to find a web-site like this.

You also seem a pretty friendly bunch too, which is quite unusual thesedays.
I'm now 41yrs old and it seems the older I get, the more I realise, I know less about this music that has become such an important part of my life.

I also know that some superb soul, quality R&B, and Jazz is still being made, but the outlets and exposure for this music are becoming less and less, day by day.
It just means that you have to hunt in down more than maybe we all used to.

Great to have found you, so I hope you don't mind regular contributions from me, on this friendly forum.



Top of pageBottom of page   By Ralph ( on Tuesday, February 24, 2004 - 11:02 am:

Welcome to the forum. My name is Ralph Terrana and I was blessed to be a part of the music scene we now discuss. The funny part is that since I became part of this forum, I realized how much I didn't know. Have fun pal. This is quite the place.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Handsome ( on Tuesday, February 24, 2004 - 11:20 am:

What's Up Rich.

My name is Darren better known as Handsome.

I like all genres of music, and enjoy the vast knowledge I've picked up on this forum.

Welcome & Enjoy!


Top of pageBottom of page   By john c ( on Tuesday, February 24, 2004 - 11:56 am:


I discovered this wonderful site trying to find any information I could on my favorite bass player, James Jamerson. My musical preferences:

R&B-Motown, Stax (Dunn, Jackson and Cropper!) and Philly. Chic.
The British Invasion - Kinks!
Pet Sounds/Revolver
Surf - Dick Dale/Challengers
Semi-Obscure - Big Star/Raybeats
Guilty pleasure - 80's stuff; Level 42,ABC, Squeeze, even Duran Duran and Madonna.

Welcome to the forum.

Top of pageBottom of page   By manny ( on Tuesday, February 24, 2004 - 02:20 pm:

Hello and welcome aboard, Rich!

My real name is Manuel Concernau and i'm from Valls, Tarragona province (Catalonia, Spain).

I love soul music from before my teens when i heard Phil Trim & Pop Tops and Los Bravos in the radio and in the turntable of my sister. Also at 14-years-old i discovered the Philly sound and my first adquisition was "Ship Ahoy" by O'Jays.

Betwen 1983-1986 i conducted a local radio program called "Negre i Rosa" (Black & Pink") where i played soul, funk and fusion of 60's and 70's and was two years in the number one ranking of the local audience.

With the pass of time, i become some more eclecthical in my taste and firsty the only exceptions of soul music were Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett and Mike Oldfield. Today i heard from Jobim or Irakere to Incognito, Stax, Philly sound, some techno artists as Peace Orchestra, Jazz, masters At work, Classical music and some flamenco-fusion... All kind of music made by feeling... And keep the faith in the re-editions from 70's wich i think was a fantastic decade with infinite treasures for me undecovers.

Again, welcome, Peace & Soul Food

Top of pageBottom of page   By Galactus ( on Tuesday, February 24, 2004 - 03:22 pm:

My favorite genres, in order of favorites are:

1) Classic R&B/Soul (from the 40s to the very early 80s)
2) Classic reggae and rock steady (Bob, Bunny, Mighty Diamonds, Culture, Alton Ellis, etc.)
3) Classic jazz (from big band to hard bop)
4) Singers and standards (Dean, Sammy, Frank, etc.)
5. 60s and 70s pop/soft rock/singer-songwriter
6. Blues

Top of pageBottom of page   By E ( on Tuesday, February 24, 2004 - 03:40 pm:

Hi My name is Bobby Eli.
Im a record producer/songwriter/musician and all around nice guy(most think so, anyway)

Ive been on this planet for a minute or so and have been exposed to a virtual cornicopia of musical genres via, my surroundings and my vast travel experience.

Im a life long self professed "studio rat".

Black music of every type is my first love.
I have ben immersed in r&b, soul, funk, classic soul you name it for as long as I can remember.

I was blessed to have been a part of what we know as the Sound of Philadelphia from its infancy throughout its growth and I am proud of it.

BTW, I dont like Heavy Metal, Alternative Rock,
Rap with no substance,most "neo-soul" type music except for certain acts, the state of so called r&b today, most of the attitudes and hyper-materialism of todays so-called artists.

Top of pageBottom of page   By kev-lo ( on Tuesday, February 24, 2004 - 05:47 pm:

hi this is kev-lo my real name is Kevin Logan I hail from New York welcome to this forum my favorite kind of music is classic soul and R&B from the 60's and 70's I hear that over in the UK classic soul is very popular and a lot of classic soul artists resite over there.It's nice to know you dig this forum and I'll be looking forward to hear from you soon peace and take care

Top of pageBottom of page   By bigdaddyg2k4 ( on Tuesday, February 24, 2004 - 06:05 pm:

Hi, and welcome abord to the world's greatest community of music lovers and professionals alike, My name is BigDaddyG2k4 (real name withheld to protect the innocent and the law enforcement authorities who R looking 4 Me :), just kidding!) and along with the other distinguished members (such as Philly sound legend Bobby Eli, music cybergeek Kev-go, and the legendary Funk Brother bassist Bob Babbitt), I LOVE MUSIC! I've been a member since 2003, and just like you, I found this wonderful website that I have yet to fully experience (because of the forum, I haven't seen other places at the site), and it's a great place to express your views, comments and opinions of what's music, news and other interests u will find that others share in the forum. There are so many musical genres out there that I just can't name them all. So I will list the musical genres to basically signify what I like instead of breaking them down into contexts and sub-contexts and explaining in deatail the origins and historical significances in order to keep it simple and short and to make it more clear and understandable. Music I like (all types): Old School R&B (1st & foremost love), modern Soul, Classic & current Adult Contemporary Pop (example: Barry Manilow, Carpenters, etc.), Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Oldies, Jazz (classic, smooth, fusion, Avant-Garde, etc.), Blues (old & new school), Gospel, New Age (Atmospheric, world music, etc.), Classical (opera, chamber music, easy listening), Hip-Hop & Rap (clean and Hardcore), Instrumentals, some Country (particularly '60s-early 80's Country, some Bluegrass), Disco, spoken word (Gil Scott-Heron, The Last Poets, etc.), some folk,historical recordings (The Library Of Congress, the first CD of Sony's 100 years of music boxed set featuring early-centrtury cylinder and 78 rpm recordings) Dance (Electronica, House, Trance, Trip-Hop), Reggae (classic and Dancehall) and Ambiance (nature sounds, ocean sounds, etc.) As you can see I love music, all kinds, and you will find others who love music just as much, or even more than I do. Again, welcome.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Nosey ( on Tuesday, February 24, 2004 - 06:12 pm:

I'm Nosey Neighbor, Nosey for short. I'm out of the loop when it comes to current music. I love gospel, listen to is all day at work, sing on the choir, write songs, wrote a gospel play and perform Christian & clean comedy mostly at church functions.

I love the oldies (I'm stuck in a time warp) and the old broadway show tunes. My parents were "country" so I'm a little country...I like Kenny Rogers and the late Patsy Cline. Also, in the 70s & 80s never missed a Lawrence Welk show and that's the truth!

Top of pageBottom of page   By Richard Felstead ( on Tuesday, February 24, 2004 - 07:25 pm:

Well, my friends, and I feel sure I can say that, I am totally bowled over by your responses !!! :-))

Thanks so much for your words of welcome. As you know I am new here, so I so I kinda feel a bit like a 5th wheel at the moment. Hopefully, I won't always feel like that.
I am a little gobsmacked that you have such luminaries in your midst like Bobby just responding on a forum.
That does not mean in any way shape or form that I detract from you, the ordinary ( if that word is correct ) forum member.

I can certainly see I am amongst friends, so I'm delighted to have found you all. Don't ask me why it's taken so long. :-))

In a nutshell, I don't have is music that runs through my veins, so I feel I'm at home with you lot.

I have been into soul music since I can remember. In fact,I was seven yrs old. I was at school, and on the school bus going to our sports lesson. The radio was on in the background and we had just pulled up at the ground. All of the other kids started to get off the bus except for me as there was a tune playing on the radio that I just had to know who sang it.
I was getting shouted at to get off the bus, but I just couldn't until I found out who the artist of this song was.
I got clipped round the ear by the physical education teacher, but I also found out that what I was listening to was Stevie's My Cherie Amour. (1969) :-))

I haven't looked back since.

Most of you have seen my other threads by now asking you to listen to the radio station I am very proud to be associated with, so I will just say, that from that moment on I knew I had to be connected with radio somehow.

I do an ordinary job, the same as most of you do,(probably) but I come alive when I am able to spread soul and jazz to as many people as possible, via the station I am with.
I grew up with the sound of Motown, but it was the Philly label that most appealed.

Who can remember hearing for the first time, Me and mrs Jones, or K-Jee, Message in our music, Was that all it was, or The Sweetest Pain ?

oh my god, the arrangements were enough to make you cry.
Timeless music from Gamble & Huff, or Jene & John.
The Moments,George Duke, Miles Davis, Ella, Nat, Frank, Manhattans, Willie Bobo, Paulinho Da Costa, Donald Byrd, EW&F, Pat Metheny, Deniece Williams, The Jones Girls, Phylis Hyman, Leroy Burgess, Roy Ayers, Teddy, Luther, Barry, Lonnie Liston Smith, Donald Fagan, Michael McDonnald, Hall & Oats, Stylistics, Billy Paul, The O'Jays, Supremes, Teena, oh my...... the list could go on and on.

I just feel I have found another spiritual home, with you guys, so a huge thankyou, from someone in the UK. You really have made someone very happy :-))



Top of pageBottom of page   By john dixon ( on Tuesday, February 24, 2004 - 07:46 pm:

Hey Rich,
Welcome to the forum. As you can see, personal music tastes pretty much run the gamut here. I know that I'm all over the map myself:

I love Soul music, whether it's from Muscle Shoals, Detroit, Chicago, Memphis, Philly or New Orleans. I can never get enough of Curtis, Sam, Marvin, James Carr. Since I only discovered him five years ago, I'm really on an Eddie Hinton kick at the moment. I just recently discovered the Blind Boys of Alabama and don't know how I made it without knowing about them before now.

I love many of the great English bands of the 60s like the Beatles, Stones, Kinks, Who, Yardbirds, Van Morrison and many more.

Late 60s California rock from Creedence, Arthur Lee & Love, Spirit.

Country music is cool with me. Not the Faith Hill's and Tim McGraw's of today but the greats like Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Lefty Frizzell, Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline.

Early rock and r& b pioneers like Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, Buddy Holly, Bo Diddley and Big Joe Turner

Early 70's glam rock like T.Rex, Roxy Music and David Bowie.

Late 70's punk from the Ramones, the Clash, Elvis Costello.

Classic Reggae like Rocksteady and Dub. Cats like Lee "Scratch" Perry and Augustus Pablo. Early pre-Chris Blackwell Bob Marley & the Wailers w/ Lee Perry producing.

Blues from John Lee, Sonny Boy, Jimmy Reed, Slim Harpo, Wolf and Muddy to R.L. Burnside.

Singer/Songwriter chicks from Laura Nyro to Lucinda Williams. sweethearts like Allison Kraus (only in her mid-20s and winner of 17 Grammys-a record!) and Emmylou Harris

Some fairly mainstream techno like Basement Jaxx and Groove Armada and I like a few current (but admittedly retro) rock and roll acts like Fountains of Wayne, Jet, the White Stripes, Kings of Leon.

Dislikes-American Idol pre-fab types, the Christina's, Britney's and boy bands, gansta rap that denigrades women and advocates violence, that god awful hybrid rap-metal, most heavy metal. Oh yeah, and, um, polka...

Top of pageBottom of page   By Richard Felstead ( on Tuesday, February 24, 2004 - 07:58 pm:

I hear ya John, I so totally hear ya. :-))

Laura Nyro......talent. Nuff said.
Yes, I could continue, ELO,Sting,the whole ska thing,Bowie, Beach Boys, Christopher Cross, The Eagles.
On a different tip, Masters at work, Blaze, the soulful side of Elvis, Carpenters, almost the entire body of work from Burt Bacharach, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Barbra Streisand.

What an eclectic bunch we are. :-))

Top of pageBottom of page   By Moe ( on Tuesday, February 24, 2004 - 08:17 pm:

Hi Richard, I'm Moe. In the other thread I told you how much the night shift likes your station. They're coming on soon & we will listen tonight.
I grew up in Pittsburgh (home town of 1 of the greats- Bob Babbitt of the Funk Brothers). I'm interested in all Motown, Stax, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughn, John Lee Hooker. I don't have the depth of information like some on this SD Forum, but that's why I'm here (to learn!!) I am presently in a small town in Ohio. Welcome to the forum!!

Top of pageBottom of page   By E ( on Tuesday, February 24, 2004 - 08:33 pm:

As addendum, I dislike Gangsta Polka.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Nosey ( on Tuesday, February 24, 2004 - 09:40 pm:

Gangsta Polka! ROTFLMAO!

Top of pageBottom of page   By nikki ( on Tuesday, February 24, 2004 - 09:48 pm:

Hi Richard,

Welcome aboard to SD. My name is Nikki, born & raised in the NYC suburbs, now semi-retired and settled in the mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania! My musical tastes lie mostly with pioneer rhythm & blues vocal groups, 1940's thru 1960s gospel groups, jubilee quartets, doowop, transitional soul, and sweet soul. Honestly, I am somewhat clueless about many of the artists from the 70s, 80s, and 90s, except for the more popular ones. I visit Soulful Detroit when I can, and occasionally post on things I think I can contribute to. I'm not here on a "regular" basis, and there are so many threads to catch up with when I DO come here (some which I may miss because they go so far down to the bottom by the time I see them), so my posts are few and often far between. I am not a singer or a musician or an arranger, or anything of that sort. Just a big fan of the music and many of the artists/groups, some whom I've gotten to know personally and become friends with over the years. Together with my "partner" Jim, we created a web site to help promote 1950's & 1960's music and many of the artists we've come to know & love throughout the years, and to do our share to help keep things "alive" in the world of R&B/doowop/gospel/soul group harmony as much as possible. I've learned alot from many of the historians here. Also, having been a record (vinyl 45s mostly) collector for many years, I especially enjoy reading the threads about some of the early labels, and those people who are behind them. Check out some of the great webisodes (spelling?) featured here, and there's so much neat stuff on them to learn about, great photos of the artists and labels. One of my favorites is on Johnnie Mae Mathews, a true legend. Anyway, again welcome aboard, and I look forward to reading your posts again in the future. :)

In harmony,


Top of pageBottom of page   By Edgar ( on Tuesday, February 24, 2004 - 10:23 pm:

Welcome to the board, Richard. My name is Edgar, and I am from Panama, Central America. I am a writer and theater director. Gossip first attracted me to this forum. Yes, I read Deke Richards was telling a story about the recording of his song "I Can't Dance To That Music You're Playing", and I have stayed here since.
My musical taste is eclectic, I guess, from Motown to Dusty Springfield, from Creedence Clearwater Revival to Henry Mancini, from La Lupe to Bernard Herrmann, from Caetano Veloso to Sade. Nevertheless, I have a strong preference for the female voice: so, my collection is full of recordings by Mary Wilson, Dusty Springfield, Syreeta, Thelma Houston, Brenda Holloway, Phoebe Snow, Bonnie, Ruth, June and Anita Pointer, Ella Fitzgerald, La Lupe, Alberta Hunter, Fantcha, Cory Daye, Chris Clark, Diana Ross, Florence Ballard, Natalie Cole, Gwen Dickey, Tammi Terrell, Yma Sumac, Martha Reeves, Gladys Horton, Cal Gill, Barbara Randolph, Gal Costa, Miriam Makeba, Cesaria Evora, Gladys Knight, Wanda Rogers, Letta Mbulu, Aretha Franklin, Carmen Miranda, Marilyn Monroe, Valerie Simpson, Zulema, Toña La Negra (a magnificent Mexican torch singer), Love Unlimited, The Therre Degrees, Patti Labelle, María Luisa Landín, Eartha Kitt, Carole King, Carly Simon, Gloria Gaynor, Bobbie Gentry, Kim Weston, Jean Terrell, there's room for almost every girl, even Julie Andrews' and Petula Clark's anthologies, etc., etc., etc. Sorry for the long list, but I love my girls!

Top of pageBottom of page   By E ( on Tuesday, February 24, 2004 - 10:49 pm:

Just imagine "Who shot the Kishka"
South Central Polka

Top of pageBottom of page   By Nish ( on Wednesday, February 25, 2004 - 02:58 am:

I love SOUL MUSIC of all eras, Gospel music, Jazz, Brazilian bossa nova, salsa, singer songwriters, early country, 1960s pop, 1970s groups like Chicago. I like some classic rock like some Pink Floyd and Led Zep. Rockabilly, doo-wop. I run the gamut. But Soul and Gospel are my heart.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Richard Felstead ( on Wednesday, February 25, 2004 - 07:22 am:

Thanks once again for all your support,and kind words.
Some of the artists mention here are just amazing, and it's very heartwarming to know the the appreciation of REAL music made by REAL musicians is certainly not dead.

Moe, thanks for your support, I'm very glad you've been tuning in to
I appreciate it won't be all things to all people, no radio station ever can, but I'm sure many of you here will likw what we do.

Nikki,there is a programme you will like on
It's presented by a Dj called Clive R, and is 2 hours of Doowop, deep soul and early R&B.
It's on a sunday morning between 10am and mid-day. I'm afraid I have no idea what that works out to in US time, but if you catch it, I'm sure you'll love it.

Thanks once again all of you.
Keep em comin' :-))

Top of pageBottom of page   By Lynn Bruce ( on Wednesday, February 25, 2004 - 11:00 am:

Hi Rich,I,m in my early 60's and was listening to Louis Jordan in the early 50's because of my fathers love of his music.I then absorbed anything that was doo-wop or blues in the middle to late 50's.
I started playing Indian tom-toms at five.
I joined my first band in 58 with Bob Babbitt on bass and Danny James on guitar.
So far I,ve backed up or worked on the same show with,Jerry Butler and the Impressions,Smokey and the Miracles,Johnny Mae Mathews,Supremes,Johnny and the Hurricanes,Nolan Strong,Royal Jokers,Martiniques,Dennis Coffey,Santo and Johnny,Lenny Welch,Chubby Checker,Jan and Dean,Dick Clark,Bobby Rydell,Frankie Avalon,Lonny Mack,Buddy Morrow,Sy Zentner,Clyde Mcphatter,Four Seasons,Dick Caruso,Gene Pitney,Edwin Star,Freddie Cannon,Danny and the Juniors,Mr Bo,Danny Woods,the Gigolos,Brenda lee,Brothers Four,,Johnny Horton,Little Anthony and the Impirials,Bo Diddly,Fats Domino,the Skyliners and a lot more that skip my mind right now.

So you can see my tastes in music are quite scatterd. I'd say light classical in the morning,doo-wop and blues during the day and early evening,then jazz later in the evening.
Scottish Bag pipe marching bands are also high on that list.
Any style of music is good as long as it's played well.
Slainte Mhath,Lynn Bruce

Top of pageBottom of page   By Galactus ( on Wednesday, February 25, 2004 - 12:08 pm:

Wow. If I had pursued music instead of art I might have become Bobby Eli.....LOL. His tastes and likes and dislikes parallel my own so closely its scary.

You summed it up well, E. That pretty much says it all for me, too.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Eli ( on Wednesday, February 25, 2004 - 12:29 pm:

Hey Galactus,
You know what? You got it made.
I can even draw a straight line!
Art, what? The only art I knew was Art Linkletter!
Id kill to have the skils of an artist especially one of notoriety.
Unfortunately, most of them get their props posthemously!
Im so bad that I once, with the Vibrations in tow triggered a silent alarm in the art museum in Den Haag and the gendarmes came a runnin.
My musical penmanship sucks so bad that Berklee school of music told me after seven correspondence course lessons to essentially "fageddabout it son, keep your day gig" .
Fortunately, for me music WAS my day(and night) gig and I proved them wrong by getting a gold record for Sideshow not long after that!

Top of pageBottom of page   By Lynn Bruce ( on Wednesday, February 25, 2004 - 12:51 pm:

Bobby,it seems that way for a lot of early blues musicians too.While they're in their prime they're scuffling to make a dime, then when they're really old or dead all of a sudden they get "discovered". Also look how long it took for thr Funk Bros. get the respect they all deserved 30 to 40 years ago.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Galactus ( on Wednesday, February 25, 2004 - 01:04 pm:

LOL, Bobby.....Yeah, art was my first second. I took some guitar for a few years and enjoyed sure helped me appreciate what musicians do and how they create...I was OK but I would've needed a lifetime to even approach the talent of guys like yourself, that's for sure...oh well ..But I love creating on the drawing board and had to decide what I wanted to devote my time to.....and nothing quite gives me that "feeling" of satisfaction like illustration or cartooning.....but music sure comes close!!

I was told to "fageddabout" art and graphics back in college, too.....but I proved an old college professor wrong by keeping at it, taking quite a few lumps over the years and making it anyway (he was stunned to see my work years felt good!) I know what you mean!

So what so I do now? I draw.....WHILE I have my favorite music playing in the background. And quite often, I'll bet YOU'RE the one playing guitar on many of those tunes I'm drawing away to! :)

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Top of pageBottom of page   By manny ( on Wednesday, February 25, 2004 - 06:36 pm:

Hey, Mr. "E" and Galactus!

How i loved also have talent for to be a musician. I read sometimes a "nihilist" philosopher as a revulsive effect (E.M. Cioran) who says the only thing it's worth for living is music and he can't make music but can heard Mozart!

When i haved 18 years-old i lived a great dilema. I was working very hard and studing Geological Science (my first devotion!). I should to decide afther the second year because the third cours was incompatible with work (whole months of cartographic campaments at hundred of Kms. from my town!). I make the access prove at the Art & Design School "Llotja" of Barcelona, the most oldier design school in the world. Illustration and design were my second obssession. When i become a "naturalist" aficionado, i loved those great english illustrators of birds as terence Lambert and also many cover-arts in Lp's (as James barkley "Ship Ahoy" water color of O'jays album). I illustrated (and was co-author of the writing) my first birds book at 19 years-old. But in the school design i discovered the more pure and conceptual (abstract like, in some sense the music!) design, and masters as Milton Glasser!

But i told you those things (pardon me for my extension!) because, despite the fact those changes in the life, the soundtrack is practically the same: O'jays, MFSB, Chick Corea, some things news, and again i played my allways indispensable vynils from the seventies!

Peace & Soul Food

Top of pageBottom of page   By Galactus ( on Wednesday, February 25, 2004 - 06:48 pm:

Yeah....manny....I wish I could've afforded art school, but there was just no way. I ended up majoring in advertising at the University of South Carolina's a cognate in art.....and then sort of got into design through the back door.

Yes...I love the old illustrators...especially guys from the Howard Pyle/Brandywine school....good stuff.

Probably the thing i hate most about vinyl going out of style, is that there's no more opportunities to become an album cover designer/illustrator!! At least not in the same way it used to be.....I guess for me, that would've been the ultimate way to combine my two passions!

Top of pageBottom of page   By Lynn Bruce ( on Wednesday, February 25, 2004 - 07:10 pm:

Manny,Me gusta su ingles.Habla mas mejor el ingles que mi espanol.Tengo aprederado en la universidad pero yo hablo como un nino de dos anos. No futuro o pasado tenses palabras y mi gramatica es horible
Tengo visitando Espana(Andalucia)Que bonita es su pais.Me gusta mucho.

Buenas suerte,Lynn

Top of pageBottom of page   By manny ( on Wednesday, February 25, 2004 - 08:16 pm:

Hi again, friends!

This thread is about musical tastes and we are talking about plastic arts and design (pardon, Ralph!, all is "art"). Only two more things.

I feel the same about the cover arts of Lp's, Galactus. Today the Cd's have miniature illustrations and with the Photoshop abusing, nothing have the "charisma" of the acrillics, aerographies or water colors in big size of yesterday! The most horrible is the little size of typographie. I can imagine the opinion about this by the great Milton Glaser (a militant anti-computer!).

Hi, (Cheryl) Lynn Bruce (smile!). You're so kindly. I need learn tons of english! Thanks, friend. And your spanish can be perfectly understand. Andlucía is beatiful but,IMHO, the best of Spain is the Pyrinees Mountains where are a lot of canyons some comparables with the Colorado Canyon (Añisclo), others similar to the Antelope canyon (slot défiles with water falls) and many more nature beauties.

Peace & Soul Food (and wathever form of art!)

Top of pageBottom of page   By Richard Felstead ( on Wednesday, February 25, 2004 - 08:18 pm:

The DVD Standing In The Shadows Of Motown, was released in the UK about two weeks ago.
I rushed out and bought my copy straight away, because I'd heard how good it was.
It was very informative and I have learned a great deal from watching it.The Funk Brothers are pure talent.
I'm learning so much from this forum it's great.

Thankyou people. :-))

Top of pageBottom of page   By LadyMystique ( on Wednesday, February 25, 2004 - 08:44 pm:

Eli-you are cool with me, man! :)

Hey Rich...this is Lady Mystique...I am a singer, dancer, percussionist, and lyricist. I sing in Funk Express and we are based in Allentown, PA. I love all types of music, but most of all old school soul. :)

Top of pageBottom of page   By Moanman ( on Wednesday, February 25, 2004 - 09:39 pm:

Moanman, "Moan" to my friends. Capricorn. Welcome to the forum, Chief.

As a teen, I once worked in a record store and ever since, Musically, I've been all over the place. Wasn't it one of dem classic cats like Duke or Satchmo who once said: "There's only two kinds of music... Good and bad"?

I was suckled & weemed on R & B, from James Brown to Motown & points of Pop in between.

Graduated to deeply love the singer-songwriters from Curtis to Prince, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Rickie Lee Jones. Stevie is the King of all he surveys.

I'm down w/ Latin sounds, and rhymic flavas, worldwide. Your Tito's, Celia's, Ray Baretto's, even Arturo. I'm NYkr, so, the melting pot is alive & well in my soul.

Got a special thing for female singers, your Sarah, your Roberta, Nina, Gladys, Syreeta, Oleta, Anita, Rachelle, Sarah, Nancy, Patti, Phoebe, Phyllis, classic 'Retha as well.

Into the usual suspects of classic Soul & R & B, Funk, Rock 'n Soul. My heroes of the bunch, Sam, Marvin, Smokey, Donny, Frankie, Sly & the Fam, right up to Luther.

Can also get into the Brits (Irish & Scots) w/ their varying degrees of soul like Seal, Winwood, Sting, Gabriel, Bono, Ms. Lennox & dem.

Mad for Jazz, Fusion (like Steely Dan) the sax cats, and Jazz singers. Fave male Jazz crooner is Jon Lucien. But very recently I've been digging on Mr. Jimmy Scott. In fact, if someone can SANG, no matter their genre, if they can wrap heart & soul around a meaningful lyric, I can usually relate to them.

Far as new music, I'm into that too-- feeling Jilly from Philly, Alicia, Tamia, Amel Larrieux, Lauryn, india.arie, Floetry, Vivian Green, Bilal, Maxwell, D'Angelo, Kem & Donnie. Hip-hop: Mos Def, Talib, Outkast, some of Jay-Z, and even had love for Biggie & Pac. My latest crush from the new talents is the luscious Miss Lizz Wright.

In short, I tend to like, dig & savor many flavors, man. The genre I favor depends mostly on the mood... & I'm moody cat. And dats the name of dat tune.

Hey, once again, welcome to the forum!



Top of pageBottom of page   By Richard Felstead ( on Wednesday, February 25, 2004 - 10:19 pm:

Thanks Lady Mystique and Moanman.
I'm feelin'ya with Liz Wright. Also Maxwell cd Urban Hang Suite is cool.
Roy Ayers, the current cd of previously unreleased stuff he did called Virgin Ubiquity, is very good ( as you'd expect )

Cafe De Soul Vol 4 compilation deserves to be checked out.
In Between The Heartbreaks - Phyliss Hyman, fab voice.
Lamont Dozier...........class.

Most things by Michael Franks, Ronnie Laws, Ramsay Lewis, N'Dambi is ok.

It's all good, but boy do I love my Soul and Jazz.

Just not enough time is there.... who the hell invented work !!!!. :-))))))

Top of pageBottom of page   By Eli ( on Wednesday, February 25, 2004 - 11:08 pm:

Eli here.

As an addendum:

Sun- Pisces
Ascendant- Taurus
Moon- Libra
Jupiter- Virgo

Top of pageBottom of page   By johneflat ( on Thursday, February 26, 2004 - 05:26 am:

Hi all; I'm from Dayton, Ohio, home of Dayton Funk,(Ohio Players, Slave, Sun, Roger Troutman & Zapp, Lakeside etc.....)and although I listen to all kinds of music, my favorites are generally album cuts that weren't hits, and live sets.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Livonia Ken ( on Thursday, February 26, 2004 - 03:40 pm:

Hey Bobby,

It seems a bit close-minded to dismiss gangsta polka with a single broad stroke. Who doesn't love the perennial classic "Roll Out the Barrel (And We'll Pop a Cap in Yo' @$$)" by PWA (Poles with Attitude).

Hamtramck! Represent! Represent!


Top of pageBottom of page   By Eli ( on Thursday, February 26, 2004 - 03:44 pm:

Hey Ken,

LOL!!!!! LOL!!!!!!!
Believe it or not, there is a radio dj in New Jersey on 92.1 in Vineland who calls himself "The Pole With Soul"

Top of pageBottom of page   By Destruction ( on Thursday, February 26, 2004 - 07:09 pm:

Damn JohnE, when you throw in Bootsy, Dayton must be the LAND of the BASS.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Richard Felstead ( on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 03:47 am:

So many great artists and groups listed here, but, Johneflat, you just did it for me mate.

Slave, The Ohio Players, Dayton, Parlaiment, Funkadelic, Roger Troutman, Zapp, George Clinton,
Sun, Lakeside, Aurra, etc.

Phew......... some of those cuts have been known to reduce Bass Bins to nothing but rubble !!!



Top of pageBottom of page   By Mark Speck ( on Monday, March 01, 2004 - 12:47 am:

Hi Rich, and welcome to the Forum! I'm from Cleveland, the Hall of Fame city!!

To answer your question about my musical tastes, here's what you would see if you were to look at my alphabetized CDs under "A" ('cause it's the best place to start, right?):

Paula Abdul
Arthur Alexander
John Anderson
Paul Anka
Arrested Development
Artful Dodger ('70s rock group from Virginia, not the current act)
Average White Band

Likewise, a handful of 45s out of the nearest 45 box, all "T"'s:
Johnnie Taylor
Livingston Taylor
Ted Taylor
Kiri Te Kanawa
Teddy & the Pandas
Willie Tee
The Tempests
Nino Tempo & April Stevens

I guess that illustrates my tastes...I like and collect almost anything and everything. I don't have much use for a lot of current stuff, though, or Mantovani/Percy Faith elevator crapola.

I trade Northern soul records with many folks from your country. That is one of my main collecting areas. As you may have guessed, though, I am into many different styles of music and will gladly converse with anyone about music.



Top of pageBottom of page   By Robb_K ( on Monday, March 01, 2004 - 02:06 am:

Oops! I forgot to add Gospel music to my list of likes.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Helene ( on Wednesday, March 17, 2004 - 04:12 am:

Hi Richard,

I'm new to the forum, discovering it quite by accident. I'm 48 years old and live in Essex. Music has always been my first love, and I try to listen to all types although it's Motown and Soul that are in my heart.The Four Tops occupy number one place.

If there's a type of music that I'm not too keen on it's mainly because I don't understand it. This would be some types of jazz ( the stuff that Cleo Laine sang ).

When I discovered this forum, and the quality of people that contribute to it, I realised just how much I could learn from it. That's why I'm here - primarily to learn from the masters that helped shape musical history. And I'm learning so much every day. I don't know if I'll ever contribute anything other than a personal opinion, but I sure do appreciate the time spent by others on the site in opening up the stories behind the artists and songs.

As for Cleo Laine - no offence meant there , to any of her fans or to the lady herself. I just can't sing to her music, and that's the important thing for me. Because of that my knowledge is very limited - I didn't really explore her. Maybe a fan out there can point me in the right direction. I'm always willing to learn.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Pogo ( on Wednesday, March 17, 2004 - 12:33 pm:

Hi Richard,
I don't post too much, just like to observe and gather knowledge, but ocassionally a topic gets my attention and I have to voice my opinion.
I dig it all except some C&W, although I can listen to it, & Opera! Classical is very hip but Opera, man you really have to like the stuff. Everything else is A-OK with me. Rock N Roll, RnB, Jazz, Soul, Easy listening, Latin, etc. etc. etc. As Robb K said I couldn't choose 100 favorite songs or artists, but the one who gets my vote as the greatest of all time is Nat King Cole. Have been digging Nat since the '50s.
Welcome to the forum, you will learn a lot here.

Top of pageBottom of page   By KevGo ( on Wednesday, March 17, 2004 - 12:45 pm:

I guess it's time for me to toss my hat in the ring.

The name is Kevin Goins a/k/a KevGo. Born & raised in Upstate NY and living here (for now) in NYC. Grew up listening to many genres & styles of music - classical, jazz, blues, rock, country, reggae and of course that sweet soul music.

Here's a sample of what I listen to:

Soul - anything Motown/Detroit, Philly, Chicago, Memphis, southern (Muscle Shoals), west coast and east coast. Favorite producers include HDH, Smokey, Gamble & Huff, Bobby Eli, Carl Davis' production stable, Stax/Volt, Dan Penn & Chips Moman, Frank Wilson, Barry White, Isaac Hayes, Sylvia Moy among others

Jazz - Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Wes Montgomery, Jimmy Smith, Cal Tjader (gotta have my "Soul Sauce"!), Johnny Hartman, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan

I'm gonna stop right there or else this website is gonna crash just from my post!

Kevin Goins - KevGo

Top of pageBottom of page   By O.G. ( on Wednesday, March 17, 2004 - 01:13 pm:

Gangsta Polka!
That's about it for me.

Top of pageBottom of page   By douglasm ( on Wednesday, March 17, 2004 - 02:09 pm:

Hello Richard and welcome to the zoo.
My name's Doug, i was born and raised in the Detroit Metro area, i'm 55, and have lived in Central Washington state for 25 years. Came here originally as a listener of R&B/Soul with nothing more than surface knoledge, and have learned A LOT from these fine folks. Listen to all kinds of music, soul, pop, rock, classical, jazz, and am partial to horn bands like the Buckinghams, early BS&T, Chase, but love all forms of music. Have been in and out of radio for 40 years (mostly out), and currently do 5 nights a week on a country station.

The folks here are wonderful, and more than willing to answer any question. They've sure helped me in my quest for knoledge.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Soul Sister/Js Way Jazz Associates ( on Wednesday, March 17, 2004 - 02:37 pm:

Hi Richard;
Just caught your thread as I've been out of the house quite a bit. They call me Soul Sister, I am the wife and personal manager of Legendary Jazz Vocalist Jimmy Scott. Welcome to the SD Forum.
S.S. or Soul Sister

Top of pageBottom of page   By glencro ( on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 06:31 am:

MY first Love is gospel music old and new
70's & 80's R&B such as Harold Melvin & Blue Notes, Rufus & Chaka, E,W & F, Sister Sledge, Emotions, ect.
Neo Soul...Dwele, Rahsaan Patterson, Jill Scott
Disco such as First Choice, Loletta Holloway, Sharon Redd
Jazz..silky sounds of Sarah Vaughn & Dinah Washington
Jazz Fushion...LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Incognito

Top of pageBottom of page   By ~medusa~ ( on Monday, March 22, 2004 - 06:07 pm:

My first choice of Music is...Soul/now R&B.
I Can feel and almost taste what the the artists' is expressing and getting carried away in his/her in a Gospel Song
I also enjoy Gospel, but the traditional,not this new hip hop/wanna be secular~but wouldn't dare kinda~ gospel.
I like some Blues Songs
I also enjoy some C&W & classical

Top of pageBottom of page   By GOAT ( on Monday, March 22, 2004 - 07:06 pm:

I like all kinds of music.
From country (Johnny Cash) to '60 Brit pop (the standards like the Beatles, the Stones...
R&B of the '60s and '70s.
Punk of the '70s including the MC5 and The Stooges. To Industrial Music, new wave, ethereal, and the bizarre (Tom Waits, Einsturzende Neubauten...)

To love music you must love all kinds!

Top of pageBottom of page   By Soul Sister ( on Monday, March 22, 2004 - 07:32 pm:

Torchy Love Ballads as in: Jimmy Scott, Dinah Washington, & Big Maybelle. Jazz Standards.

R&B/Soul Music from the 60's: Jackie Wilson, James Brown, Otis Redding, Areatha, Linda Jones, Laura Lee, Thelma Jones, Little Anthony & The Imperials, The Manhattans, The O'Jays, The 5 Stairsteps, The Intruders, The Madlads, The Van Dykes, The Capitols, The Miracles, The Originals, The Bluenotes, etc...

Selected choices of: Stax-Volt/NYC/Philly/Chicago/Motown/LA sounds.

Rare & Lost Soul Artists such as: Walter Jackson, Derek Martin, Sammy Ambrose, Tony Drake, Timothy Wilson, The Hesitations, Skip Mahoney & The Casuals, The Masqueraders, etc...etc......Some of this stuff is my most favorites!


Top of pageBottom of page   By BassnForGod ( on Thursday, March 25, 2004 - 10:32 pm:

Welcome Richard,
I surf in and out as work allows me. My name is Robert, but I go by BassnForGod. I play bass with a local Christian band(Not Alone). My musical taste include just about everything with the exception of something I have yet to hear. I am just affected by every song I hear in some way. When I listen for a bass line I always hear someone getting in the way and it used to bother me, but now I try to listen to the entire conversation. I know how hard it can be to me heard sometimes, so I like everything people are creating. Even those 'record-scratchers' have a talent for making it sound the way they like it. Listen for your song everyday and somehow it will come to you. This is not a deep thought, it is just me saying 'all music is cool to someone, why not you too.'
Keep the bass line strong and your heart in the song.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Eli ( on Thursday, March 25, 2004 - 10:38 pm:

I said it before and I'll say it again.....

Top of pageBottom of page   By john dixon ( on Friday, March 26, 2004 - 07:40 am:

Roll out the barrel or I'll put a cap in yo ass!

Top of pageBottom of page   By Dinelle ( on Friday, March 26, 2004 - 05:58 pm:

Hi, Richard. This is Dinelle. Welcome to the forum. I hope you have fun here.

Okay. My musical tastes has always been R&B, jazz, and Tejano for three reasons:

1. I've raised and listened to R&B for 16 years (which is my entire life LOL!).

2. Jazz because I'm raised in New Orleans.

3. I've been learning about Spanish and Tejano music is part of the mainstream, and I think it's cool.

Top of pageBottom of page   By souljunkie ( on Friday, March 26, 2004 - 07:27 pm:

Like Pogo, I tend to lurk in the background learning from the immense knowledge of people on this site but occasionally when I feel I have something relevant to add I'll chip a word or two in myself.

I like GOOD music. That's it really.

Workmates may think I'm elitist because I only pay a passing glance at pop/rock/metal but I actually listen to such a vast amount of music and by listing them, my tastes are even more eclectic than even I realised. I listen to soul music of any era, generation, label, style whether that be Motown, Philly, Chicago, 80s, 90s, British, Pre-disco (thanks to Soulaholic), new independent, artists' own releases or whatever, that's my first love. I dig jazz by legends like Miles, Duke, Trane, Monk, Bird, Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver, Herbie, Jimmy Smith, Ella, Nina, Billie, Art Blakey, Lee Morgan etc.. so you'll see I have a passion for the classic jazz of the 50s & 60s. I love Jazz Funk Fusion of the 70s, Latin/Brazilian jazz, Jazz-dance, newer urban club jazz, Soulful Garage & House, it's all good. I got the funk, some rap/Hip Hop but mainly the earlier 80s stuff like Eric B & Rakim, Run DMC, Public Enemy, EPMD etc. What else am I into? stuff like Zero 7, Portishead, Boozoo Bajou, Nicola Conte... reggae, Ska, Dub (love Augustus Pablo....).

Due to family commitments & travelling distances I don't get to as many clubs or weekenders as I'd like these days but I've been a regular at Caister for many years.

So that's me, a souljunkie, jazzjunkie, fusionjunkie, funkjunkie....a musicjunkie!

Top of pageBottom of page   By ErikT.O. ( on Sunday, March 28, 2004 - 08:46 pm:

Eli, you might be on to something! Are you familiar with the long-standing rivalry between polka legends Walter Ostenek & Frank Yankovic? Being a Canadian I suppose my support or props or shout-out of 'nuff respect goes to Walter, haw haw...

Top of pageBottom of page   By Emaceo ( on Sunday, March 28, 2004 - 10:06 pm:

First of all, I cannot believe that I have not run across this thread until now! Next, welcome Rich! Like you I came across this site while exploring links from another site, the Funk Brothers, to be exact! I am constantly amazed at the knowledge and the amount of talent we have in this forum!

Anyway I am Maceo, 50 years plus, born and raised in Detroit, (although I live in Lansing now), coming up in the heyday of Motown and the music revolution of the 60's. I think that it is a great idea to ask where everybody is from; didn't realize what an international flava we have up in here!

My favorite type of music is jazz, modern urban contemporary funk style jazz! I like what's new and creative while I respect the classics, but I get tired of hearing somebody trying to sound like what Miles, Bird, Coltrane did 50 years ago. I also like many other types of music, soul and R+B, got to have the FUNK!, gut bucket blues(the low down dirty blues!)good rock music, even artists as varied as Jimi Hendrix, Traffic, Cold Blood and many others. As many others have stated, good music is good music, it stands the test of time.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Linda Di. ( on Sunday, March 28, 2004 - 10:47 pm:

I'm a "professional" fan. My name is Linda Di, and I'm in Rochester, NY. My first favorite artists were the Supremes. I got to know them well over the years and still am a fan (my favorite grouping was Mary, Scherrie and Cindy). My favorite music style is what's called "quiet storm." My favorite female vocalist is Cindy Mizelle, male is Luther Vandross, group is the Sweethearts of Sigma. While they recorded little on their own, their sound and fabulous harmony puts me over the edge. Welcome!

Top of pageBottom of page   By Grant ( on Monday, March 29, 2004 - 02:40 am:

I like it all, except for oprera, contemporary country and most hip-hop and rap.

I like mostly 60s and 70s pop/rock/soul/funk, from Van Halen to Dinah Washington, to Barry Manilow, to the O'Jays, to Wilson Pickett to the Archies!

Top of pageBottom of page   By Pogo ( on Monday, March 29, 2004 - 03:40 pm:

I have to add one more thing. The nice thing about enjoying so many different types of music is that when one genre starts getting old or you're getting tired of listening to it , you just switch to another style. I've been compiling CDs for a while and lately I've been doing Doo-Wop. One day I just had enough, went through my collection and picked out some Latin jazz which led to my CD comps of older mainstream jazz. You can dig something different every day.

Top of pageBottom of page   By JESUS CHRIST ALMIGHTY ( on Monday, March 29, 2004 - 03:45 pm:

I like the music of The 2 Live Crew. Oh come now, don't act you never heard of them. I bet my last dollar a lot of you own "As Nasty As They Wanna Be"

Top of pageBottom of page   By Frankie B. ( on Monday, March 29, 2004 - 04:39 pm:

Hello Richard...I am Frank Barcellona from west central Florida by way of the south suburbs of Chicago. I am a big fan of the doo-wop sounds as well as early "transitional" soul sounds of the early to mid-1960's commonly called "northern soul" (though that genre comes from all regions. I am particularily fond of those groups from the Chicago-Gary, Ind.-St.Louis axis. I am also a fan of Motown, but the early stuff. I lose interest after about 1973. You are in good company here, and will learn a lot, as I have. I love having an outlet to discuss a subject I am passionate about with like minded individuals.

Top of pageBottom of page   By CamSmith ( on Tuesday, March 30, 2004 - 03:11 pm:

Hi Rich:


I have been on this forum for a couple months or so, and have learned a ton.

I find my music tastes are all over the map. As I am currently mostly camped out at home as the result of a closed head injury in an auto accident. I listen to music a lot and continue to work on my screenplay. Can't stand to watch TV as sudden movements, etc. freak me out. Anything with "MTV-Cuts" or whip-panning of the camera makes me feel like throwing the TV out on the window. On the other hand

I have been buying lots of CD's from BMG Music Club. Most of them in the "close-out" bin at about a $1.99 (U.S.) a copy. Been listening to a lot of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, jazz, latin, etc. For example right now I am listening to "Welcome" album by Santana.

Other artists I have enjoyed lately include Marc Ribot, Willie and Lobo, David Sanchez, L. Subramaniam, Beau Soleil, King Sunny Ade...anything new (to me) and different. Music from all over the world has found a home in my CD changer.

Mostly I have been into instrumental music as the color and texture rings in my head unlike anything with lyrics. That's not to say that the sweet soul music of the 60's and 70's doesn't get certainly does.

Since my accident, I have come to appreciate all kinds of music and listen to it in a way that I can't quite put a handle on it. Could be the brain damage opened up an area of my brain that allows music to really "speak to me." (Look out he is hearing "voices"...better change his meds.)

Enough rambling for now. Best to you Rich and enjoy.


Top of pageBottom of page   By Pogo ( on Tuesday, March 30, 2004 - 06:09 pm:

Hey Nosey & Livonia Ken,
Ever check out the Polish Muslims?

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